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2021 Barossa Merlot

Estate Family Vineyards

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$32 Per Bottle

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RRP $38

The Ashmead family purchased their first estate vineyard in the middle of Nuriootpa in the late 1970s and since making their first wine from the 1982 vintage, have developed an enviable history of success.

Merlot was first planted in that vineyard in the early 1980s and a Merlot was added to our range in 1992, with the intention to offer a wine that showcased true varietal definition, regional character and a healthy slice of personality of the Elderton team.

Winemakers Comments

A proper winter, complete with enough rain and without a frost risk, allowed us to hope for some generous fruit flavours in our 2021 Merlot. With young vines we have to be careful to manage crop levels as we expect a layer of tannin and a serious aspect to this wine. Our Merlot is harvested just metres from the winery then fermented in open vats where we carefully manage extraction to ensure the fruit carries the wine with supporting tannin. We see abundant fruit and vibrancy in this edition of our Merlot, owing to the very favourable vintage weather with little rain and no heat spikes leading into harvest time. - Jules Ashmead & Brock Harrison

StyleMedium bodied, vibrant, supple
ColourDeep crimson
AromaPlums and cloves with a floral touch
PalateJuicy red fruits, peppered with spice and a velvety smooth yet structured finish
DrinkDrink now or cellar confidently for 5 - 10 years from vintage
Vine Age5-17 years
RegionBarossa | 100% estate grown, Nuriootpa vineyard
MaturationPredominantly older French puncheons, 14 months

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